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Math Strategies Course I- Algebra


Patrick Henry High School

Math 1-Intermediate Algebra



Leah L. Woods

Room 323



The Life Skills Program is a Minneapolis Public Schools Citywide Special Education program for high school students whose transition needs require special education services for the majority of their school day. The program serves students with severe learning/language disabilities and various developmental disabilities from throughout the Minneapolis school district. Students enrolled in the program are ages 14 to 18 in grades 9 through 12. Each classroom is comprised of a special education teacher and one special education assistant. A modified curriculum appropriate to the abilities and needs of the students in the program is provided. In addition to the curriculum in the Life Skills program, students may also have access to general education courses, vocational experiences, other related special education services, and community-based instruction as determined by the student’s IEP team.


Course Description:

Intermediate Algebra encourages and enables students to use the language, symbols and notation of mathematics, to be confident using mathematics to analyze and solve problems both in and out of school, and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further studies in mathematics. The course includes a thorough review of linear relationships, an introduction to exponential and quadratic relationships, a survey of transformations and a solid study of secondary level statistics and probability.


Course Objective:

Students will continue to develop understanding and application of basic math concepts and make connections to algebra and other higher order math skills.


Class Expectations:

Be on time

Use the bathroom before class

Stay in assigned seat

No electronics

Water only


Class Consequences:

Nonverbal cue/ proximity

Verbal cue

Phone call home/ case manager

Removal from class



  • Assessments

Pre and post

  • Class work

Warm up

Exit slip


  • Homework

Weekly assignments



Grading Scale:
100-90% A
89-80% B
79-70% C
69-60% D
59% or lower F


Academic Standards:

  • 9.2 - Algebra
    • 9.2.1 - Understand the concept of function, and identify important features of functions and other relations using symbolic and graphical methods where appropriate.
    • 9.2.2 - Recognize linear, quadratic, exponential and other common functions in real-world and mathematical situations; represent these functions with tables, verbal descriptions, symbols and graphs; solve problems involving these functions, and explain results in the original context.
    • 9.2.3 - Generate equivalent algebraic expressions involving polynomials and radicals; use algebraic properties to evaluate expressions.
    • 9.2.4 - Represent real-world and mathematical situations using equations and inequalities involving linear, quadratic, exponential, and nth root functions. Solve equations and inequalities symbolically and graphically. Interpret solutions in the original context.
  • 9.4 - Data Analysis & Probability
  • 9.4.1 - Display and analyze data; use various measures associated with data to draw conclusions, identify trends and describe relationships.
  • 9.4.2 - Explain the uses of data and statistical thinking to draw inferences, make predictions and justify conclusions
  • 9.4.3 - Calculate probabilities and apply probability concepts to solve real-world and mathematical problems.


Academic Support:

Contact Ms. Woods